This painting is a bit of an experiment for me, so I would love feedback. I have been contemplating for some time trying to merge together the paint and texture aesthetic of my oil paintings with the more designed shapes and more vibrant colors of my illustrations. This particular painting had been bumping around my studio for a couple of years in an unfinished state and I did not know how to finish it. I didn't like the colors- it was a sort of dirty yellow green palette- but I was not sure how to fix it. I was talking with friend and fellow painter Jeff Pugh the other day and he had mentioned how one of his galleries had told him to banish green from his palette for a year. I figured maybe a warmer yellow palette would work for this one. I also had a 9" x 12" frame kicking around so I trimmed the painting down from 9" x 14.5" to fit.The first step was to knock the entire painting down with a burnt sienna glaze. I then repainted the whole piece using the new palette. I emphasized the geometric qualities of the bales and let the big shapes dominate. I think the painting is much better than it was, but I am wondering if I went overboard on the saturation of the colors. Let me know what you think.
I have been making art for as long as I can remember. These days I work in acrylic paint or Photoshop when creating illustrations for magazines, children's book publishers and advertising clients. I have even been given some cool awards for it. Lately, I am loving oil painting out of doors and for galleries.
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